HOUSTON – The Houston Cougar Men’s and Women’s Track & Field teams wrapped regular season competition for the indoor season on Saturday with the second day of the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Senior sprinter Elijah Hall concluded an impressive weekend with his second victory of the meet, taking gold in the 200-meter dash. Running in the fourth heat, Hall crossed the line in 20.52, just one one-hundredth of a second off his school-record mark, to win the Invitational race. Hall also won the 60-meter dash in Friday’s competition with the second-fastest time in school history at 6.58.
Hall helped the Cougars close the meet with a program record in the 4x400-meter relay. The team of Amere Lattin, Hall, Mario Burke and Kahmari Montgomery finished the 8-lap relay in 3:04.18 to break the previous mark set by Lattin, Burke, Quivell Jordan and Montgomery earlier this year at the Mark Colligan Memorial. Houston’s time moves them to No. 4 in the NCAA this season.
The Cougars picked up a pair of top-10 finishes in the women’s distance. Senior Maddie Brown finished the 15-lap race in 9:56.12 to finish sixth, while Jahnavi Schneider crossed in 10:10.72 to place eighth. On the men’s side, G.J. Reyna finished 11th in 8:35.30.
In the jumps, Paige Lawrence qualified for the finals of the women’s triple jump with a ninth place finish in Arkansas. Lawrence’s third attempt traveled 37-7.25 (11.46m) to post her top mark of the day.
In the women’s sprints, sophomore Sierra Smith and freshman Ariele Adams finished 26th and 27th, respectively, in the women’s collegiate 200-meter dash. Smith crossed the line in 24.34, while Adams finished in 24.38.
Houston’s women wrapped up their competition in the 4x400-meter relay with a seventh place finish in 3:45.65.
UP NEXT FOR HOUSTON
The Cougars have two weeks off from competition before returning to action for The American Athletic Conference indoor Championships. The Championships will be held across Feb. 23-24 at the Birmingham CrossPlex in Birmingham, Ala.
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